“I was beating him, and then I threw my legs in and went over the top and he pinned me,” Rippy said of last year’s match against Adams. “But I was beating him by points ... It’s the only move I knew last year.”
Rippy added he enters Friday’s competition with an undiagnosed right knee injury. He said he’ll seek treatment after the tournament.
Hunter Smith, a freshman who’ll compete at State for the first time, went 24-13 at 113 pounds this season and placed third at Regionals. He’ll face Wyatt Adams, a freshman from MacArthur who went 28-6 this season, in the first round.
Hunter said studying film from matches he’s lost this season has really helped him improve and prepare for State.
“Get my head out of bad positions and move,” Hunter said.
“Keep it up, not down.”
Hunter Scott and Blake Scott both finished sixth in their weight classes at Regionals, making them alternates for the state championships. For either to make State, Buffs coach Tim Thomas said two wrestlers from the East would have to drop out of Hunter or Blake’s weight class.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Thomas said no such dropouts had taken place.
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